Drive-in movies to return to Tucson


Tucson’s Cactus Drive-in Theatre Foundation Bringing Drive-in Movies Back To Town. (press release)

Tucson, Arizona-The Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation announced today that they have revitalized their community base and are now doing a fundraiser via a Kickstarter project to bring the “drive-in experience” back to Tucson.   The Cactus Drive-In Theater Foundation is a non-profit (501C3) with plans to bring a drive-in theater back to town. Their ultimate goal is to establish a permanent, community-owned drive-in theater in Pima County. This Kickstarter project will bring them one step closer to fulfilling that dream. 

In April of this year the original founders George Cohn and Charles Spillar of the CDITF took back control of the non-profit, elected a total new board of directors, and this new energized group has revitalized the efforts to have a drive-in theater back in Tucson. Originally the Cactus Drive-In Theatre, it was renamed the DeAnza in 1977 and kept the name until its closure & destruction in 2009. Many mourned the downfall of Tucson’s last drive-in theater. As a result the Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation was formed, and its Facebook page blossomed to nearly 1500 followers since April of this year and new supporters are joining daily. < >

The funds raised through this project will go towards the purchase of a large inflatable movie screen, a high-quality movie projector, and generator. These materials, paired with their existing FM transmitter and authentic restored drive-in movie speakers, will allow them to host “pop up” drive-in movie events throughout Pima County. This “pop-up” model is currently being implemented successfully in Punta Gorda, Florida to show monthly drive-in movies for their community.

When the non-profit acquires a permanent location in the future for a drive-in, CDITF will be able to continue to use the inflatable screen for several years. A special digital movie projector is required to show new, first-run movies (which is not in the scope of this Kickstarter project). Other infrastructure (a permanent snack bar, flush toilets, etc.) will be added over time.

This is the URL to participate in the Cactus Drive-in Theatre Foundation’s Kickstarter program.

More details about the corporation and it plans for the future can be found at their web site at

Contact: George Cohn, Media Relations,  520-437- 7760

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